Volkswagen Scirocco GTS 2013 Review
To commemorate the first Volkswagen Scirocco GTS which 30 years ago went out the VW factory doors in Osnabruck, the German car manufacturer prepared and showcased a new GTS model at Leipzig this year. The new Scirocco GTS 2013 model comes with a few aesthetic changes when compared to the base model, but in case you're looking for an increase in power, you're not looking in the right direction.
The new Scirocco GTS sports an unmodified 2.0 liter turbocharged TSI petrol engine able to develop 207 horsepower. It's the same as you'd get from the standard Scirocco and that means it will go from 0 to 60 mph in just under 7 seconds and will have a top speed of 149 miles per hour. As to why the manufacturer hasn't decided to use the 260 horsepower "R" variant as a base model remains unknown.
Now that we got that out of the way we can clearly see that the new GTS comes with some changes only in the aesthetics department, so let's focus on those instead. The new model gets black and red racing stripes running across the car, red painted side mirrors, a new rear and front bumper as well as a new set of exposed side skirts. At the back theGTS gets a roof spoiler and a diffuser which are normally to be found on the "R" variant, plus a new set of 18 inch "Thunder" alloy wheels painted to match the racing stripes.
On the interior the new GTS is very similar to the standard model and comes with black leather upholstery featuring red stitching, and a dimpled gear knob that can be associated with the old golf-ball gear knobs used in both the Golf GTI and the Scirocco GTS back in the days.
Overall, the Scirocco GTS 2013 is a nice addition to the new Scirocco family, but unfortunately it's nothing to write home about. On the other side of the coin, it shouldn't be too costly either compared to the standard models, so I suppose there's not much to complain about in the end.
AMI 2012 in Leipzig - The new Scirocco GTS
Self-assured: Scirocco GTS with decorative stripes in racing car style
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Wolfsburg / Leipzig, 01 June 2012
In the trade fair city of Leipzig Volkswagen is presenting an extremely sporty special edition model of the Scirocco: the new GTS. Exactly thirty years ago, the original forefather of the GTS rolled off the production line – based on the Scirocco II. Distinctive features of the GTS then as now: an exterior and interior individualised in sporty style. A reminder in 2012 of that original model is the golf ball gear lever– it originally made its debut in the early Golf GTI, but between 1982 and ’84 also adorned the Scirocco GTS. Now, with the launch of the latest model, what is probably the most famous Volkswagen accessory of the 70s and 80s is celebrating its comeback, creating a link between the two eras. The Scirocco GTS has been designed for the European and Chinese markets. Delivering up to 155 kW / 210 PS, the coupé will be available from dealerships this autumn.
Bodywork décor and 18-inch wheel rims as standard
Identifying features of the Scirocco GTS in terms of bodywork are specially designed sports car stripes on the bonnet, roof (including rear spoiler) and tailgate. Red brake callipers (2.0 TSI, 210 PS), custom-designed front and rear bumpers, exposed side sills, body-coloured side trim, wing mirrors colour coordinated with the stripes, burnished 18-inch ‘Thunder’ alloy wheels (striking spoked rims) with black trim, a sporty diffuser and the rear tailgate spoiler from the Scirocco R, plus GTS badges on the front wings finish off the exterior design details to perfection. As an alternative option, the Scirocco GTS can also be ordered with black 19-inch ‘Lugano’ alloys.
The decorative GTS trim is coordinated with the vehicle colour. In essence, two broad stripes run centrally from the bonnet over the roof, including roof edge spoiler, all the way to the bottom edge of the tailgate. On each side of these runs a further thin stripe. The following colour combinations are available: if the Scirocco is painted in ‘Indium Grey Metallic’ or ‘Candy White’, the two broad stripes are in ‘Deep Black’ and the wing mirrors and outer thin ones in ‘Salsa Red’. If, on the other hand, the Scirocco GTS is ordered in ‘Salsa Red’, the outer stripes and thus the wing mirrors are ‘Candy White’ (the middle ones remaining ‘Deep Black’). As a fourth colour Volkswagen offers the ‘Deep Black’ pearl-effect finish for the vehicle body paintwork. In this case the broad central stripes are white (‘Candy White’) and the outer ones and wing mirrors red (‘Salsa Red’).
Exclusive interior with red contrasting stitching
Inside the car the dominant colours are black and red. For example, decorative inserts: the trim elements in front of the driver and front-seat passenger are black (‘Black Peak’); the central console aperture around the audio and air conditioning system, the frames around the air inlets and the decorative inserts in the door handles are finished in keeping with this in classy piano lacquer. All other interior materials are in either black or anthracite – including the gear lever knob in legendary golf ball style.
Red double lap seams form a contrast to the black, appearing on the seats, gear lever sleeve, hand brake lever, sports steering wheel, safety belts, central armrest and door armrests. Also red: the GTS logo on the front seatbacks and the edging around the floor mats. Bright metal elements, meanwhile, embellish the DSG gear knob (the DSG / direct shift gearbox is available as an option), the audio and air conditioning controls and the buttons for the electric windows. Also in metal are the GTS logo within the steering wheel spoke and the door handles (inside).